The final episode of Wheel of Time has aired, and it was quite a bloody battle. Whether you’re a fan of the show or the books, you might have seen some bloody battles online over it. Because at some point this series strayed pretty far from the books. But let’s talk about this episode first.
We start with the group once again split. Moiraine and Rand are on their way to the Eye of The World to face the Dark One Himself. This is it, what we’ve all been waiting for. The big showdown.
To get to the Eye, they’ve got to travel through a forest that reminds me of the Crooked Forest in Poland. This is a place twisted by the Dark One’s presence. And the stronger he gets, the more twisted it becomes.
Rand comes face to face with a member of The Forsaken, named Ishamael. First, in a tragic dream, then for real.
Ishamael shows him a different world. One where Egwene is his wife, and content to be so. Where they have a child together. One that, he tells Rand, is his for the taking.
While Rand battles with his desires, the rest of the team is back in the city. A massive army of Trollocs is bearing down on them. Moiraine is gone, and Lan’s gone after her.
Egwene and Nynaeve go to join the other women who can channel, to protect the city. Perrin holds back, still trying to follow the way of the leaf. But this is put to the test when an old familiar face shows up. Remember the peddler, Padan Fain? He’s arrived to steal a crucial relic from the city. A horn, meant to be blown at the last battle. When he leaves our new friend Loial bleeding out on the floor, Perrin almost picks up an ax to pay him back. But he doesn’t.
I rather wish he did.
But of course, this isn’t the last battle. As Moiraine points out at the end of the episode, this is only the first. And thus ends season one of Wheel of Time.
So what are we to make of this? This episode, and this whole season, differed wildly from the books. From Perrin being married to Rand and Moiraine going to The Eye of The World alone, it wasn’t a true depiction. But if the books are to be set aside, and the tv series looked at on its own, the story holds up. If this humble critic is to be asked, it succeeds in being what it is, a good tv show. Whether that’s enough is for you to decide.
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